Are you considering planning a small wedding or elopement in the winter? We’ve got you covered! Here is a detailed blog with tons of tips and information on how to plan a winter elopement.
The first thing you’ll need to do is ask yourself these questions:
Do you want a winter elopement?
Are you going to be comfortable in cold weather for a while?
Do you enjoy being out in the snow?
After you’ve considered all that a winter elopement entails, you’ll want to start planning so that you’re prepared. Winter elopements are amazing, but sometimes they require more prearranged details.
When choosing an elopement location during the winter, you have to be aware that you’re going to be a bit more limited on where you can go. You won’t have access to a lot of roads that you’d usually have access to in the winter. Some State Parks or National Parks even close during the winter months, or have limited accessibility. You also won’t have access to high alpine locations (or if you do, you might need to hire a guide to safely get us to your location).
So, with that in mind, you’ll want to make sure you have more than one location idea in mind just in case something isn’t accessible. But just because a location is covered in snow doesn’t mean that it isn’t accessible. You can take your elopement to the next level and go snowshoeing, cross country skiing, or even split boarding!
A good blog to check out with location ideas for your winter elopement is: The Best PNW Winter Elopement Locations. This blog has everything from locations that will give you the snowy winter wonderland vibe to the locations that won’t have snow in the wintertime. We also help all of our couples pick the perfect elopement location. So, if you’re looking to elope anytime from around November to April (sometimes even the months before and after this timeframe), we’ll definitely give you location ideas with details on the weather conditions!
The next big factor with planning a winter elopement is staying warm. So, naturally that has to do with the attire that you’re wearing and how you prepare yourself to handle the temperatures. We want to make sure that you are picking the right wedding attire for the weather conditions so that you aren’t suffering. There is literally nothing worse than being cold and not enjoying your time during your elopement.
You can start by choosing your wedding dress or suit based on the cold weather. If you know you’re going to be chilly, we recommend opting for a long sleeve dress and a dress that has layers. You don’t want anything that’s going to be super sheer or that doesn’t have thicker layers. The same goes for your suit. Maybe consider getting a fleece-lined suit or an under shirt that is thicker than the usual dress shirt. You could try to find a suit jacket or pants that are thicker as well. Just make sure that you can still move easily in your wedding attire and that you won’t get too warm/sweaty if we’re snowshoeing for example.
The next best way to make sure that you’re prepared for the weather is to have layers. We always recommend nude leggings to go under your wedding dress or long johns to go under your suit pants! Snow Boots are definitely a must for snowshoeing or walking about. Make sure you have thick wool socks, too. If your dress has sleeves, but you’re still worried about being cold, you can always use a cute shawl, jacket, or fur covering, too. And if you don’t want any of those options, just bring a heavy coat to put on in between photos!
Here are some links to pieces that we suggest for winter elopements:
One of the most fun parts about planning a winter elopement, in our opinion, is picking where you’re going to stay! Once you have your DREAM location chosen, you get to choose where you’re going to have your adventure start. And trust us when we say that lodging is key to a good adventure! You want a place that’s cozy and has all of the necessary amenities. If you’re doing a snowshoeing elopement, you’ll want to come back to a warm place with cozy blankets. You might want to soak in a hot tub, take a warm bath, or stand in a hot shower! And you’ll probably want to make hot chocolate or coffee to warm your insides, too (unless you prefer whiskey or something like that).
We totally recommend staying in a cute little mountain town or a cozy cabin. You really can’t go wrong with either of those! But it’s important to try and book something as quickly as you can so that you aren’t left with the only available option. In each of our blogs, we have tons of VRBO and Airbnb recommendations, but we’ll drop a few fun ones below!
2 bedrooms, 5 beds, 2 baths
Perfect Winter Amenities: Hot Tub, Indoor Fireplace
Places To Elope Nearby: Mount Baker Snoqualmie National Forest
3 bedrooms, 6 beds, 2 baths
Perfect Winter Amenities: Indoor Fireplace, Heating, Washer + Dryer
1 bed, 1 bath
Perfect Winter Amenities: Huge Tub, Campfires Allowed
2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 1 bath
Perfect Winter Amenities: Private Sauna, Indoor Fireplace, Central Heating, Coffee Maker
2 bedrooms, 2 beds, 2 baths
Perfect Winter Amenities: Hot Tub, Wood Burning Fireplace, Washer + Dryer
Places To Elope Nearby: Rocky Mountain National Park
Okay, the other awesome thing about planning a winter elopement is planning what activities you can incorporate on your adventure as newly weds! You might think that there aren’t a ton of options of things to do in the winter, but we’re here to bust that myth for you! You might be a bit more limited, in the sense that you won’t really be able to hike or do things like that, but there are tons of winter activities that you and your babe can do.
Some winter adventures include: snowshoeing, sledding, skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, glacier crossing, ice climbing, ice fishing, and snowmobile tours. But you can do whatever you want, weather and location permitting! If you just want to go back to your Airbnb and chill by the fireplace or in the hot tub, you can totally do that, too! It’s your day, so it’s totally up to you. But we can help you book fun adventures if you want to include a specific activity on your elopement day.
Check out this blog for additional Winter Elopement Inspiration 🙂